There's an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on earth (Ecc 3:1)


We know time as years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds. We are always very much aware of the date and the time .. that is why we are always marking our calendars, checking our diaries, always looking at our watches, always saying "O, how the time flies" or "I don't have time". Maybe in some situations we say, "time passes too slowly, when will this be over?" Often we say "I will do it tomorrow, or next week, or…" But the Bible says:" You don't know what will happen tomorrow. What is life? You are a mist that is seen for a moment and then disappears. Instead, you should say, "If the Lord wants us to, we will live and carry out our plans." (Jam 4:14,15 GW). God fixed beforehand the exact times that we will live (Acts 17:26) and HE says "Can any of you add a single hour to your life by worrying?" (Matt 6:27 GW) - our times are in His hand: "Hour by hour I place my days in your hand" (Ps 31:15 MSG)

He created and controls time and seasons.
As long as the world exists, there will be a time for planting and a time for harvest. There will always
be cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night." (Gen 8:22 GNB)

He lives forever and will rule until the end of time
But you, O LORD, are King forever and will rule to the end of time. (Lam 5:19 GNB)
I praise and honour God Most High. He lives forever, and his kingdom will never end. (Dan 4:34 CEV)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Heb 13:8 GNB)

God's time doesn't tick in the seconds that we know
You've got all the time in the world - whether a thousand years or a day, it's all the same to You. (Ps 90:4 MSG)
A thousand years to You are like one day (Ps 90:4 GNB)

We now that God's timing is always perfect … He is always on time: He provides what we need at the right time, He saves us at the right time, He answers our prayers at the right time - His time is the right time, even if we do not understand His timing, there will come a day that we will confess that His time was the best time.
Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses. (Ecc 3:1 GNB)

"Be encouraged my friend, He'll never let you down, He is on time, I know He'll answer your prayer. The Lord is always on time.
Don't you ever give in, if you hold on to Him, then He will meet you at the point of your need. The Lord is always on time.
The Lord is always on time, He may not come when you want nor when you expect Him, but the Lord is always on time, on time, the Lord is always on time"

It is beautiful how God has done everything at the right time. (Ecc 3:11 GW)
.. He will lift you up in his own good time. (1Pet 5:6 GNB)
He has made everything beautiful in its time. (Ecc 3:11 ESV)

l a time to be born and a time to die
l a time to plant and a time to pull out what was planted
l a time to kill and a time to heal
l a time to tear down and a time to build up
l a time to cry and a time to laugh
l a time to mourn and a time to dance
l a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them
l a time to hug and a time to stop hugging
l a time to start looking and a time to stop looking
l a time to keep and a time to throw away
l a time to tear apart and a time to sew together
l a time to keep quiet and a time to speak out
l a time to love and a time to hate
l a time for war and a time for peace. (Ecc 3:2-8 GW)

Does busy perhaps mean….
B eing
U nder
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Y oke ?
Always focus on doing the important things rather than the urgent things.

Hear what God says: "When the time came for Me to show you favour, I heard you; when the day arrived for Me to save you, I helped you." Listen! This is the hour to receive God's favour; today is the day to be saved! (2Cor 6:2 GNB)
Today is the day that you can accept Jesus as your Saviour, today is the day that you can be set right with God through the blood of Jesus Christ, today is the day that you can say YES and invite Jesus into your life to wash away every sin, to be the Lord of your life, today is the day that you can receive eternal life as a free gift from God, TODAY! But by the free gift of God's grace all are put right with Him through Christ Jesus, who sets them free. (Rom 3:24 GNB)
Do not delay …. Tomorrow may never come; today can be your last chance!
Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts. (Heb 4:7 ESV)
Now it's time to change your ways! Turn to face God so He can wipe away your sins and pour out showers of blessing to refresh you. (Acts 3:19 MSG)
It is time for you to turn to Me, your LORD, and I will come and pour out blessings upon you. (Hos 10:12 GNB)

The only time you have to make the right choice or to do a good deed is NOW.
So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! (Eph 5:15-16 MSG); …. always make good use of the time. (Col 4:5 CEV)
So, if you want to tell someone that you love them, or thank someone for something, or give someone a gift, or write someone a letter, go and do it NOW.

Our people should learn to spend their time doing something useful and worthwhile. (Tit 3:14 CEV)
Spend time in learning, fellowship and prayer (see Acts 2:42)
Lets take after the example of Dorcas: She spent all her time doing good and helping the poor.
(Acts 9:36 GNB)
…. so that those who believe in God may be concerned with giving their time to doing good deeds. (Tit 3:8 GNB)
…. give your time and effort to the public reading of the Scriptures and to preaching and teaching. (1Tim 4:13 GNB)
They spent all their time in the Temple praising God. (Luk 24:53 MSG)
Be ready to spread the word whether or not the time is right. (2Tim 4:2 GW)
And you must keep on while there is still a time that can be called "today." (Heb 3:13 CEV)

In comparison with eternity our lifetime is very short. The Bible describes it as a puff of wind, no more than a shadow, it fades away like a whisper, lasts no longer than a dream.
"He has put a sense of eternity in people's minds." (Ecc 3:11 GW) - we need this sense of eternity, so that we can be able to concentrate on things that have eternal value, rather than only worry about the things that are here and now: "So I tell you to stop worrying about what you will eat, drink, or wear. Isn't life more than food and the body more than clothes?" (Matt 6:25 GW)
"So don't ever worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
(Matt 6:34 GW)

Time cannot be measured by means of seconds, minutes, hours and days. When I was still outside I didn't have much time to listen to God. I had problems, asked Him for help, but immediately try to solve it myself. I didn't trust God, as I should have. I started stealing money from my employer and every time God said STOP! IT IS WRONG! But I carried on. My way was the wrong way and didn't solve my problems, in fact, my problems only became bigger. I was sentenced and thought "God, why? What do You want from me" After quite some time He answered me "TIME WITH YOU … you were too busy outside to listen to Me. Now I've put you in this special place to spend time with you" This doesn't mean that I sit with my Bible 24 hours a day, locked up alone in my room, but being in a relationship with God wherever I am. Whether I am taking out the dustbins, queuing for food parade or cleaning my room, I can speak to God. I can take every problem to Him, asking for help …. And at the right time He answers. Then, I really realized why I am here. Yes, to serve my sentence, but also to spend special TIME WITH GOD. I don't focus on the length of my sentence anymore, but on the time I can spend with Jesus, my Saviour. He is so faithful to me and gives me His grace and mercy, which I do not deserve.
In the beginning I felt that I had no future, but I could see a light at the end of the tunnel … it was His light. He leads me everyday, I follow in His footsteps. Today I know: Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, all fear is gone; I know He holds the future and my life is worth the living … just because He lives!
I will be released soon, and at His right time He said, "Now it is the right time for you to go home".
Please start making good use of your time. God is always next to you. He has time for you - make time for Him.
(This testimony by Sandra B.)

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